As a teenager you probably suffered from acne and prayed as you reached adulthood that it would be over. Unfortunately there are many skin complications and disorders that arise only, or most commonly in adults.
Rosacea: This can begin at any age but intensifies over time. Puss-filled pimples and bumps can develop and the nose and glands on the fact and neck will swell. Redness and mild swelling of various facial features are the first indicators. Surgery and medication are two possible treatments but this could be a problem that reoccurs throughout your adult life.
Age spots: Despite what they are commonly referred to they are not caused by your age. They simply increase in number as time goes on making them more prevalent in your adult years. They are the result of sun exposure and can appear on the areas most commonly exposed to the sun. There is no way to get rid of these age spots after they occur so prevention of excess sun exposure must take place earlier in life before they begin to appear.
Melasma (pregnancy mask): This results in tan patches of skin on the fact. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 70% of women who are pregnant have darker areas of skin on their face. Dark patches are not limited to the face; In some the patches appear on forearms, genitals, and inner thighs. This is caused by changes in hormone levels that occur naturally during pregnancy. The body simply produces excess pigmentation that your body utilizes in your body. After the birth these patches should fade.
Shingles: While shingles can appear before your twenty that is relatively rare. The most common age groups affected are individuals between the ages of 35-60. It begins with the skin becoming more sensitive and a slight burning or tingling sensation. Rashes will develop that will burn and blister. Shingles can appear anywhere and most people recover, but it is a long process. Common drugs administered are antiviral drugs, anti-depressants, and steroids.
Eczema: Dry skin and red patches are associated with eczema. Although it can appear minutely in children it is most common for outbreaks to occur as adults. The elbows and hands are two common areas along with any area that bends to form a dark moist place. There are mild and severe cases but the treatments are the same. Cortisone creams, shots, antibiotics, pills, antihistamines, and baby powder are common treatment methods.
These are five skin complications I have seen arise within my family members and friends. Age spots are a natural occurrence and should not be feared. Eczema is extremely common in its various forms so it’s nothing to be medically alarmed about. Melasma is also very common and usually goes away on its own. Rosacea and especially shingles must be reported to your physician at the time the first symptoms arrive for best results of treatment. If you’re not sure if it’s common swelling or redness, better safe than sorry and consult your doctor.
Information found on wedmd.com